Available July 2018 – MSRP $134.95
When it comes to reducing overpronation, the New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo is one of the most unique shoes in the game. Traditionally stability shoes have a denser material on the inside of the shoe to slow down excessive inward rolling of the foot from the pinkie toe to the big toe. However, the Vongo reduces over-pronation with a combination of technologies including a varus wedge, geometric shapes, and a two-piece rubber outsole. In this third version, these philosophies remain the same but get slight improvements to enhance performance.
The Vongo’s unique adaptable Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is created from a single piece of foam shaped like a wedge. A varus wedge is a fancy way of saying the midsole slopes upwards from the pinkie toe side of the shoe to the big toe side of the shoe making it difficult for the foot to roll up the slope towards the big toe. Additionally, the concave geometric shapes on pinkie toe side compress more than the convex shapes on the big toe side of the shoe, which further assist the varus wedge in slowing the rate of overpronation.
In this third version, you should notice more protection underfoot as 2mm of Fresh Foam was added throughout the midsole. In addition, the side walls are now higher and offer slightly more stability.
To continue to offer reliable durability, New Balance decided to use their tried and true blown rubber in the outsole. In a similar fashion to the previous models, the outsole is more dense on the big toe side and less dense on the pinkie toe side. All these technologies work together to reduce over-pronation.
The biggest change from version two to version three can be found in the upper. Version two featured an engineered mesh that adapts to a variety of foot shapes but its stretchiness makes it less secure. With Version Three, New Balance decided to go back to an open mesh but added 3D screen printed overlays for a more secure hold. The new upper should be a little less stretchy but will do a better job securing your foot to the platform. One last final modification made to the upper was increasing the volume in the forefoot to accommodate more foot shapes.
With these updates, New Balance hopes to increase the overall experience of the New Balance Vongo v3 while remaining true to the original design.
Preliminary Tech Specs
Stack height*: 28 mm heel, 24 mm forefoot, 4 mm heel-toe drop
Weight*: 10.7 oz (men’s size 9), 9.1 oz (women’s size 8)
*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.
New Balance Vongo v3 Men’s Sample (subject to change)
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